What are some programming faux pas


A gaffe [foˈpa] () (Frenchle faux pas, from faux "Wrong" and le pas "The step") is a misstep in the figurative sense,[1] thus an unintentional violation of unwritten manners.[2] The term found its way into the German language in the 18th century.[3] The expression is part of the so-called "elevated usage".


A faux pas is seen as tactlessness,[4] described as a violation of style, morals, etiquette, language regulation, the requirements of a certain situation or similar unwritten manners based on ignorance, thoughtlessness or carelessness. Causes can be B. be:

  • Ignorance of the manners and customs of foreign cultures and social milieus
  • incomplete general education
  • insufficient knowledge of political or historical backgrounds
  • Inadequate skills in dealing with the feelings, experiences and sensitivities of others
  • insufficient competence in assessing critical situations.

The action in question is done consciously, but without being aware of the error it contains.


The gaffe is not like that Mishap attributed to misfortune or physical awkwardness and - possibly apart from malicious joy - does not arouse cheerfulness. It is also not the result of willful rule breaking or aggressive behavior; in that case it is one Affront. The designation gaffe thus also expresses that the transgression was not done with malicious or insulting intent. However, it cannot be ruled out that someone else's faux pas will be understood as an affront by others. The faux pas immediately reveals the ignorance or lack of style of the person who committed the faux pas. Depending on the severity of the offense, the reputation of the person concerned can be seriously damaged with other people in the conversation or in public.

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  1. Gaffe. In: Brockhaus Conversations Lexicon. Volume 7. Amsterdam 1809, p. 341.
  2. Duden on-line.
  3. Gaffe. In: Digital dictionary of the German language. Retrieved September 10, 2019
  4. dtv lexicon. Volume 6. ISBN 3-423-03056-9, p. 75.
  5. ↑ Maurice Blanchot: Faux pas. Translated by Charlotte Mandell. Stanford University Press, Stanford, CA 2001, ISBN 0-8047-2935-2, p. Xi (Translator's Note).

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